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April 18, 2005
Boston's Star Flips to "Mike"
*It was probably inevitable that eastern
MASSACHUSETTS would see a station flip to the classic
hits/hot AC hybrid that's making a name for itself around the
country as "Jack," "Bob," "Simon,"
"Fickle," or what have you. But after Infinity's WBMX
(98.5 Boston) and Greater Media's WBOS (92.9 Brookline) showed
signs they might be leaning towards flipping, it was Entercom's
WQSX (93.7 Lawrence) that beat them to the punch.
On Thursday afternoon at 2, Entercom pulled the plug on the
dance-top 40 "Star 93.7" format that had occupied the
frequency since 1999, replacing it with "93-7 Mike FM,"
which follows closely in the "We Play Whatever" vein
of all the other recent adoptees of the latest big radio fad.
PD Jerry McKenna stays in place to program the station, but
the morning team of Ralphie Marino and Karen Blake is out, as
is middayer Mike McGowan, and "Mike" is running jockless
The station has requested new calls WMKK, but there's some
speculation that those calls may not stay - they're awfully similar
to other Boston calls such as WTKK and WMKI.
Meanwhile at WBOS, the morning team of Bill Abbate and Kristin
Lessard is history, as the station goes for a "more music"
approach and runs jockless during morning drive. We'd suggested
last week that middayer Amy Brooks would be out too, but it turns
out she's still there - sorry for any confusion.
Over in Winchendon, the new signal on 91.1 got call letters
last week - WKMY - and now it's getting a new owner, too. "Friends
of Radio Maria" is selling the station to Sacramento's EMF
Broadcasting for $15,000, and that means it will become the first
Bay State outlet for EMF's fast-growing "K-Love" contemporary
Christian format, fed by satellite from California. If EMF's
behavior elsewhere in the country is any indication, expect to
see WKMY become the hub of a big network of translators around
CONNECTICUT, the FCC granted a waiver last week to Tribune
Broadcasting to continue owning WTXX (Channel 20) for another
six months while it awaits a change in cross-ownership rules
that might allow it permanent ownership of WTXX, WTIC-TV (Channel
61) and the Hartford Courant. (You'll recall that a federal
judge had ruled a few weeks ago that Tribune must sell WTXX immediately,
absent an extension of the waiver.)
*In NEW JERSEY, it's the end of the
line - again - for modern rock WDOX. The calls and format went
away a few years ago on 93.1 in Wildwood Crest, where they began,
and after being resurrected on the former WJNN (106.7 North Wildwood)
in 2001, the new WDOX is flipping formats and calls. It's adding
straight-ahead top 40 to its modern rock format and changing
calls to WSJQ, we're told.
*On the NEW YORK-VERMONT border,
Vox is selling another of its rapidly shrinking stable of stations.
WZEC (97.5 Hoosick Falls) is licensed to New York but serves
Bennington, Vermont, and after beginning life as a religious
station (WNGN) in 1991, it's heading back to religion as Vox
sells it to Capitol Media for $1.1 million.
Capitol runs the "Alive Radio Network" on WHAZ (1330
Troy), WBAR (94.7 Lake Luzerne) and WMYY-FM (97.3 Schoharie),
and it's expected to put "Alive" on 97.5 as well, though
NERW wonders if the real motivation behind buying 97.5 (which
does soft AC right now as "Light Rock 97.5") is to
realign the tightly-spaced 97.3/97.5 pair to better serve Albany.
As always, stay tuned.
In New York City, we now know the parameters of the new facility
WFUV (90.7 New York) wants to build to replace that ill-fated
uncompleted tower next to the Fordham University stadium that
created so much controversy with the neighboring Botanical Garden.
WFUV has been granted a CP to move to the roof of an apartment
building at 3450 Wayne Avenue in the Bronx, where it will run
45.8 kW at 155 meters from a directional antenna, a considerable
increase in height over its old licensed facility, which was
50 kW/66 meters atop a Fordham campus building.
(And speaking of New York, a happy 40th anniversary tomorrow
to the all-news format on New York's 1010 WINS. While it wasn't
the very first in America, it certainly set the standard for
the format, and it continues to be the most-listened-to all-newser.)
Up in the Seaway Valley, WPAC (98.7 Ogdensburg) was granted
a power increase last week; it'll go from 3 kW/28 meters atop
a prison smokestack in Ogdensburg to 6 kW/100 meters on the tower
of sister station WYSX (96.7 Morristown).
In Rochester, the Raging Rhinos soccer team will have a new
radio home this year; they've signed a deal with Entercom to
broadcast their games on "Fickle" WFKL (93.3 Fairport).
Meanwhile down in Avon, Bob Savage is looking for replacement
news/talk programming for WYSL (1040), which is losing AP's All
News Radio service when it shuts down in July.
*In western PENNSYLVANIA, Marty Minto
is out of a job as the only local talk host on Salem's WORD-FM
(101.5 Pittsburgh) after devoting several shows last week to
discussing whether the late Pope John Paul II would be able to
enter heaven. Minto says he was fired after Friday's show, with
station management telling him that he was alienating listeners.
No replacement for the 3-6 PM shift has been named.
The new 90.7 in Nanty Glo now has calls: it'll be WLGY.
*In CANADA, former CHOI (98.1 Quebec
City) talk host Jeff Fillion has more trouble on his plate: a
court has ordered him to pay TV weathercaster Sophie Chiasson
C$340,000 for defaming her with comments on his show about her
sex life and other issues.
In Toronto, CFMX-FM-1 (96.3) applies to boost power from its
present 30 kW to 60 kW, still from atop First Canadian Place
and still using a directional antenna.
And in Quinte West, CJTN (1270) has signed off for good and
surrendered its license; it's been supplanted by CJTN-FM (107.1).
*That's it from Las Vegas for this week, as we attend the
NAB convention. More on the convention when we're back east next
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